I have created a tikz plot for which I would now like to plot arrows on to show direction of flow. The current code used is:

        \draw[thick, ->] (0, -3) -- (0, 3) node [black, anchor=south] {$y$};
        \draw[thick, ->] (-3, 0) -- (3, 0) node [black, anchor=west] {$x$};
        \draw[scale=1,domain=0.33:3,smooth,variable=\x,black, thick] plot ({\x},{1/\x});
        \draw[scale=1,domain=-3:-0.33,smooth,variable=\x,black, thick] plot ({\x},{1/\x});
        \draw[scale=1,domain=0.33:3,smooth,variable=\x,black, thick] plot ({\x},{-1/\x});
        \draw[scale=1,domain=-3:-0.33,smooth,variable=\x,black, thick] plot ({\x},{-1/\x});

Which produces the image

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Now I want to add arrows onto each line separately. I require the direction of the arrow to be given by me (in the case I would like to use this in another example. They should occur at approximately half way through the curve. An example:

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1 Answer 1


Something like this?

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    mark=at position 0.25 with {\arrow[blue,very thick]{>}},
    mark=at position 0.75 with {\arrowreversed[blue,very thick]{>}}}
\draw[postaction={decorate},thick,->] (0, -3) -- (0,3) node [black,above] {$y$};
    mark=at position 0.25 with {\arrowreversed[blue,very thick]{>}},
    mark=at position 0.75 with {\arrow[blue,very thick]{>}}}
\draw[postaction={decorate},thick,->] (-3, 0) -- (3,0) node [black,right] {$x$};
    mark=at position 22mm with {\arrow[red,very thick]{>}}}
\draw[postaction={decorate},thick] plot[domain=0.33:3]      (\x,{1/\x});
\draw[postaction={decorate},thick] plot[domain=-0.33:-3]    ({\x},{1/\x});
\draw[postaction={decorate},thick] plot[domain=0.33:3]      (\x,{-1/\x});
\draw[postaction={decorate},thick] plot[domain=-0.33:-3]    (\x,{-1/\x});

Edit: In the first try I didn't care for arrows direction yet nor add them to the coordinate axis. Now this is corrected. To obtain different direction of arrows, I define decorations in scope separate for each coordinate axis and separate for curves. For them I reverse domains for two of them, that the arrows have right direction.

  • The arrow directions are incorrect in the second and third quadrants, also I want arrows on the axes too. Looks good so far though! Nov 18, 2015 at 20:24
  • I now, I correct this in edit of my answer. But anyway, you see a wayy, hoe to obtain arrows ... :-)
    – Zarko
    Nov 18, 2015 at 20:28
  • Awesome, thank you for the effort - exactly what I wanted! Nov 18, 2015 at 20:35

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